I see them all the time on FB, I've got Frey Carriage Company liked, so they post some for sale from time to time. I think they're very pretty, but I have no experience with seeing one live and in person. I've heard great things about those carts in particular, and about Frey CC as a whole.
You might get hold of Dennis Yancho, he drives a Sprint cart, and is "fairly" local to you. They seem to be very nice vehicles, well constructed, with the easy "take apart, put together" features for fitting in small spaces to haul.
I think they are pretty attractive to look at as well. Dennis has had his over a year now, uses it often, so should be able to tell you about them. He drives large ponies with his Sprint cart.
Raises hand, I have one! I ordered mine with the nerf bar dash and marathon shafts, as well as the patent fenders and patent dash for show.
I'm 5'3, but my height is in my legs, very short torso, my biggest complaint is that i wish the seat was a little closer to the floor. This is not something you can adjust. You can lower the box, but this lowers the entire box, so that's not helpful... You can get the floor riser piece, i just didnt think i would need it. I'm ok with it, i've just seen other women that also look about at their leg limit driving them, so it's something to keep in mind.
I have also completely taken mine apart, wrapped it up in blankets, and stuck it in a single stall of the trailer. However, it's not exactly "easy" and not something i would want to do on a regular basis, i just did this to move IL to SC and had a pretty loaded trailer.
I love how light it is, my mare really doesnt feel it back there and i bought it for that reason as she tore her anullar ligament spring of 2011, after 10 months of healing the thing, i didnt want to shred it driving a heavier vehicle. I previously had a Bennington Buccaneer which weighed in closer to 400lbs. It had torsion springs, i have to admit that thing rode SOOOOO nice, the Sprint is not so nice. It will bounce you off the seat, while i've driven rougher riding vehicles, i would not say this is smoothest ride out there, maybe average.
It's very adjustable to suit many horses, but dont go thinking this is something you can adjust between horses every day, cause you'll pull your hair out. Mine is the large pony which i've used on a 13h pony, but it was big, balanced, but big, it's better suited for my 14h pony however, this is with everything set on it's lowest setting and the shafts in most all the way for her... I think that large pony would suit up to 16h.
Something else, the width of the shafts might be too wide depending on what you are driving. I have my shafts rotated in almost all the way to fit my 14h welsh cob. This is not the most narrow of ponies, but isnt a chunky hafflinger either. However, for the 13h pony who was narrow, this was ridiculous. The shafts were rotated in till they were flat and i still had 8" of air between pony and shaft. It was not ideal whatsoever and was only hitched to her twice.
It's made VERY well, i can not fault the craftsmanship. I worked with Rebecca at Frey in ordering it. I will say there seemed to be a lot of confusion with the ordering process. They repeatedly forgot i had ordered the patent fenders and i did not actually receive them till 4 months after i picked up my carriage and was actually told i was supposed to pay more even though i had everything on my invoice, and in a very damaged box with no padding/stuffing. I was horrified they might have been damaged, but they were ok. There is a notible difference between the work of my patent dash which was made by Sprint and my patent fenders which were contracted out to Hunts Harness. What i'm mostly sad about is that i really wish i had gotten the Hunt's done dash as they changed the design and the new taller/curved dash is really lovely.
So word of advice, if you are buying new from Frey, keep your invoice to verify against in case there should be any comunication issues down the road. I had saved all my emails as well, which came in handy.
If you are close enough to go to Frey's show room, do so! It is simply fantastic.
I give the Sprint a thumbs up. Yes, some things erk me, i think any vehicle i bought was going to have something that would though... Overall though, i'm very happy with it and actually after driving it a couple months, i sold my Kuhnle marathon carriage because it just didnt compare anymore. If the Sprint would ride like that Bennington, i would be in heaven.
Hope that helps. FYI, i ordered mine blind, i didnt have anyone nearby to look at it and Frey was a 5hr drive one way, while i did pick it up in person, making an additional trip up to look at one first just wasnt really an option. However, if i had seen one and driven one first, i still would have bought one.
If i had the option, i might have liked the suspension of the Pacific training cart better however. I had someone really talk me out of the air ride of that and the additional cost/shipping at the time for me killed the deal, but if i had it to do over, i might consider a Pacific first.
Wow, tons of information. Thanks to all of you and I am pretty sure
that I will be ordering one. Goodhors, any idea of how I can contact
Dennis Yancho? I see you live in MI also. Are you a member of the
Metamora Driving? I am new to driving and would love to meet more
people in the area that drive. Butlerfamilyzoo, your mare is gorgeous
and I like the cart. The gelding that I will use is a Black Forest
Horse. I don't know if you are familiar with this breed but they are
like a small draft. Most are liver chestnut with a white or cream
colored mane and tail. The mane stays long and full. The first time I
saw one I immediately thought of Tina Turner! The shafts being wider
on this cart would be an asset for him. I will try to upload a pic of
him. Thanks again everyone!
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― Marilyn Monroe
I too have a Sprint cart and they are being seen more and more, even in ADS. They are well designed and made. Todd knows his stuff, is adding new and improved features all the time, check out the new designs and colors. Some nice adjustment features, seat and shafts make for a custom look.
Check out the website and get on the e-mail list.....sometime some nice trade ins are available.